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I have an HP pavilion dv7, I'm using ubuntu 12.04 so the overheating problem with sandybridge cpu is a lot better. However my laptop is still becoming too hot to keep on my legs. The problem is that the fan wait too much before starting, so the medium temp is too hight. When I'm using windows 7 the laptop is room-temperature cold, I've absolutely no problem. On windows the fan is always spinning very low & very silently so the heat is continuously removed, without reaching an unconfortable temp. How can I force the computer to act like that also on ubuntu?

PS The bios can't let me control this kind of thing, and this is my experience with lm-sensors and fancontrol

al@notebook:~$ sudo sensors-detect
[sudo] password for al: 
# sensors-detect revision 5984 (2011-07-10 21:22:53 +0200)
# System: Hewlett-Packard HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook PC (laptop)
# Board: Hewlett-Packard 1800

This program will help you determine which kernel modules you need
to load to use lm_sensors most effectively. It is generally safe
and recommended to accept the default answers to all questions,
unless you know what you're doing.

Some south bridges, CPUs or memory controllers contain embedded sensors.
Do you want to scan for them? This is totally safe. (YES/no): y
Module cpuid loaded successfully.
Silicon Integrated Systems SIS5595...                       No
VIA VT82C686 Integrated Sensors...                          No
VIA VT8231 Integrated Sensors...                            No
AMD K8 thermal sensors...                                   No
AMD Family 10h thermal sensors...                           No
AMD Family 11h thermal sensors...                           No
AMD Family 12h and 14h thermal sensors...                   No
AMD Family 15h thermal sensors...                           No
AMD Family 15h power sensors...                             No
Intel digital thermal sensor...                             Success!
    (driver `coretemp')
Intel AMB FB-DIMM thermal sensor...                         No
VIA C7 thermal sensor...                                    No
VIA Nano thermal sensor...                                  No

Some Super I/O chips contain embedded sensors. We have to write to
standard I/O ports to probe them. This is usually safe.
Do you want to scan for Super I/O sensors? (YES/no): y
Probing for Super-I/O at 0x2e/0x2f
Trying family `National Semiconductor/ITE'...               No
Trying family `SMSC'...                                     No
Trying family `VIA/Winbond/Nuvoton/Fintek'...               No
Trying family `ITE'...                                      No
Probing for Super-I/O at 0x4e/0x4f
Trying family `National Semiconductor/ITE'...               Yes
Found unknown chip with ID 0x8518

Some hardware monitoring chips are accessible through the ISA I/O ports.
We have to write to arbitrary I/O ports to probe them. This is usually
safe though. Yes, you do have ISA I/O ports even if you do not have any
ISA slots! Do you want to scan the ISA I/O ports? (YES/no): y
Probing for `National Semiconductor LM78' at 0x290...       No
Probing for `National Semiconductor LM79' at 0x290...       No
Probing for `Winbond W83781D' at 0x290...                   No
Probing for `Winbond W83782D' at 0x290...                   No

Lastly, we can probe the I2C/SMBus adapters for connected hardware
monitoring devices. This is the most risky part, and while it works
reasonably well on most systems, it has been reported to cause trouble
on some systems.
Do you want to probe the I2C/SMBus adapters now? (YES/no): y
Using driver `i2c-i801' for device 0000:00:1f.3: Intel Cougar Point (PCH)
Module i2c-i801 loaded successfully.
Module i2c-dev loaded successfully.

Next adapter: i915 gmbus disabled (i2c-0)
Do you want to scan it? (YES/no/selectively): y

Next adapter: i915 gmbus ssc (i2c-1)
Do you want to scan it? (YES/no/selectively): y

Next adapter: i915 GPIOB (i2c-2)
Do you want to scan it? (YES/no/selectively): y

Next adapter: i915 gmbus vga (i2c-3)
Do you want to scan it? (YES/no/selectively): y

Next adapter: i915 GPIOA (i2c-4)
Do you want to scan it? (YES/no/selectively): y

Next adapter: i915 gmbus panel (i2c-5)
Do you want to scan it? (YES/no/selectively): y
Client found at address 0x50
Probing for `Analog Devices ADM1033'...                     No
Probing for `Analog Devices ADM1034'...                     No
Probing for `SPD EEPROM'...                                 No
Probing for `EDID EEPROM'...                                Yes
    (confidence 8, not a hardware monitoring chip)

Next adapter: i915 GPIOC (i2c-6)
Do you want to scan it? (YES/no/selectively): y
Client found at address 0x50
Probing for `Analog Devices ADM1033'...                     No
Probing for `Analog Devices ADM1034'...                     No
Probing for `SPD EEPROM'...                                 No
Probing for `EDID EEPROM'...                                Yes
    (confidence 8, not a hardware monitoring chip)

Next adapter: i915 gmbus dpc (i2c-7)
Do you want to scan it? (YES/no/selectively): y

Next adapter: i915 GPIOD (i2c-8)
Do you want to scan it? (YES/no/selectively): y

Next adapter: i915 gmbus dpb (i2c-9)
Do you want to scan it? (YES/no/selectively): y

Next adapter: i915 GPIOE (i2c-10)
Do you want to scan it? (YES/no/selectively): y

Next adapter: i915 gmbus reserved (i2c-11)
Do you want to scan it? (YES/no/selectively): y

Next adapter: i915 gmbus dpd (i2c-12)
Do you want to scan it? (YES/no/selectively): y

Next adapter: i915 GPIOF (i2c-13)
Do you want to scan it? (YES/no/selectively): y

Next adapter: DPDDC-B (i2c-14)
Do you want to scan it? (YES/no/selectively): y

Now follows a summary of the probes I have just done.
Just press ENTER to continue: 

Driver `coretemp':
  * Chip `Intel digital thermal sensor' (confidence: 9)

To load everything that is needed, add this to /etc/modules:
#----cut here----
# Chip drivers
coretemp
#----cut here----
If you have some drivers built into your kernel, the list above will
contain too many modules. Skip the appropriate ones!

Do you want to add these lines automatically to /etc/modules? (yes/NO)y
Successful!

Monitoring programs won't work until the needed modules are
loaded. You may want to run 'service module-init-tools start'
to load them.

Unloading i2c-dev... OK
Unloading i2c-i801... OK
Unloading cpuid... OK

al@notebook:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/module-init-tools restart
Rather than invoking init scripts through /etc/init.d, use the service(8)
utility, e.g. service module-init-tools restart

Since the script you are attempting to invoke has been converted to an
Upstart job, you may also use the stop(8) and then start(8) utilities,
e.g. stop module-init-tools ; start module-init-tools. The restart(8) utility is 
    also available.
module-init-tools stop/waiting
al@notebook:~$ sudo service module-init-tools restart
stop: Unknown instance: 
module-init-tools stop/waiting
al@notebook:~$ sudo service module-init-tools start
module-init-tools stop/waiting
al@notebook:~$ sudo pwmconfig
# pwmconfig revision 5857 (2010-08-22)
This program will search your sensors for pulse width modulation (pwm)
controls, and test each one to see if it controls a fan on
your motherboard. Note that many motherboards do not have pwm
circuitry installed, even if your sensor chip supports pwm.

We will attempt to briefly stop each fan using the pwm controls.
The program will attempt to restore each fan to full speed
after testing. However, it is ** very important ** that you
physically verify that the fans have been to full speed
after the program has completed.

/usr/sbin/pwmconfig: There are no pwm-capable sensor modules installed

Is my case too desperate?

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Which video card do you use? –  Mysterio Apr 23 '12 at 19:07
    
I did a quick Google search, and it seems to be a common hardware problem with these computers... but that doesn't really give us any clues why it works fine under Windows 7. –  TheX Apr 23 '12 at 19:37
    
My video card: ATI Radeon HD 6490M , I'm using the proprietary driver. –  Newton Apr 24 '12 at 16:17
    
I have the same problem, but no progress. I reported this bug: bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/aptdaemon/+bug/985679 –  user76532 Jul 12 '12 at 9:33
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3 Answers 3

you should consider installing jupiter

you can select power modes with it, its very easy to controll, and I just set it to power on command, you wont notice that your laptop is on, until you start using heavy apps

open terminal and do this.

add the repository

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/jupiter

update

sudo apt-get update

install jupiter

sudo apt-get install jupiter

and to other people reading this and are using an Asus EEPC netbook, install this asswell

sudo apt-get install jupiter-support-eee

Have a nice day :)

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I see you Mysterio and TheX have tried to help but there are no answers posted yet. I'll just suggest that you might try to blow some of the dust out of your system with compressed air. After I do that on my computer the fans seem to run better (louder anyway) and the system runs cooler.

I recognize that this doesn't explain the difference between Ubuntu and Windows.

There are also acpi kernel settings that may be worth trying. See:

You could try this out booting from an Ubuntu CD. (acpi=off, for example). See:

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if you have a laptop of any kind that is more than two years old, then it is worth taking the fan out and cleaning the radiator grill of fluff and dust. You will usually find a huge carpet in there! I am using a laptop that runs hot at the moment so I am supporting the front of it on an old laptop battery. This lifts the base away from the table and allows a better level of air flow. Finally, if you are feeling technical and can take the risk, watch some youtube videos, get some thermal paste and clean and reapply the heat sink on the processor and gpu. This makes a real difference.

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